In Los Angeles, a fallen soldier who has joined the ranks of the living dead reunites with his best friend in order to deal with the city's drug dealers and killers - a perfect way to collect the blood that one of them so desperately needs.
D. Kerry Prior
A group of men head to a remote village to help one of their friends get over his divorce; when they get there, though, they discover that all the women have been infected with a virus that makes them man-hating cannibals.
Two inexplicably coherent zombies awake amidst a zombie attack, and decide to take a road trip to find the one's lost love, unaware they are being chased by the agents of a ruthless company with its own agenda.
Drew T. Pierce
A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living.
This comedy/horror movie is about a group of teens who go to Grizzly Lake High School. When one of their class mates is killed by someone dressed up as 'Cinderhella' (a character from a popular horror movie) they are all under suspicion. But when they all get detention, they try to work out who it is. Written by
Michael Hallows Eve
Detention is outrageous, pop-culture heavy, exhaustively self-aware and also lots of fun
This has got to be one of the most absurd films I've seen in a long while, and I really liked it because of that. It's so meta and pop- culture laden at times it feels like a sugar-high that's worn on too long, but the sheer amount of different directions it goes in and the insanity of it all I found really refreshing.
Most self-aware movies I've seen seem to emphasise and reflect on pop- culture conventions as a way of grounding the story - acknowledging the unbelievable as a way of adding believability. Detention is the exact opposite. It goes so out of it's way to not portray real life, it verges on the surreal. I'm sure a lot of people will really dislike that about it, but I found it really entertaining.
There are a lot of issues with it, though. It's directed in such a way that everything seems unnaturally theatrical, which works in some scenes but I couldn't tell if it was deliberate or not. This overtone affects the whole movie, especially the dialogue. Sometimes the characters' lines are effective, but they're so rapid-fire and pop-culture heavy they often feel stilted. I also think the style emulates Scott Pilgrim too heavily. I'm not sure if it was deliberate or not, but stuff like the kinetic typography, cinematography and ADD pacing seem far to similar to be a coincidence. It worked in SP because it was a faithful adaptation of the graphic novels; here it often feels out of place.
Still, I definitely enjoyed it. It challenged my expectations, and ran just the right side of parody for me to suspend my disbelief. I'd say it's worth watching if you didn't find my description of it off-putting.
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